Library move FAQs

From Monday 18 December 2017 Fremantle Library will temporarily relocate from our current location in Kings Square to the ground floor of the former Fremantle Dockers administration building at Fremantle Oval.

See below for a list of FAQs.

If you have any queries please contact us on 9432 9766 or email




When is the library moving?

The library move to Fremantle Oval will take place over 8 days to give us time to pack up the old library and set up the new one. We’ll be closing at 4.00pm Sunday 10 December and reopening at 9.00am on Monday 18 December.

What if I have items due while the library is closed?

While the library is closed for moving, library items can be returned to the Service and Information Counter in the Town Hall Building, the Toy Library, the Meeting Place, Fremantle Leisure Centre and Samson Recreation Centre.

Library items can be returned at Fremantle Visitor Centre on the following days only: Saturday 16 December and Sunday 17 December.

You will also be able to access electronic resources and renew books already on loan via your online library account while the library is moving.

What about items I’ve reserved?

Customers can opt to collect reserved items from the Service and Information counter in the Town Hall Building, the Toy Library, the Meeting Place and Samson Recreation Centre.

Will inter-library loans still be available?

In order to prepare for the move, our Inter-library loan service will be suspended between 13 November 2017 to 4 January 2018. Any items requested during this period will be supplied after January 4.

What’s happening with programs while the library is closed? 

  • Tech Help will take place at the Meeting Place in its regular time-slot of 10.00am Wednesday, 13 December.
  • CoderDojo's last meeting for the year is Wednesday December 6, 3.30 -5.00pm.
  • Library book clubs will not be held during December but will resume again in January.
  • Buster It’s All About Play will continue at its regular venues with a special celebration; Books, Bubbles & Buster.

Where exactly will the library be located?

The library will be located on the ground floor of the temporary City of Fremantle Administration & Library building at Fremantle Oval (former Freo Dockers admin building).  

Access is via the Fremantle Oval carpark gates on Parry Street. Look for the signs!

Why is the library temporarily moving to Fremantle Oval and for how long?

The move will allow the current 50+ year old council administration and library building in Kings Square to be demolished and rebuilt as part of the $270m Kings Square Renewal project.

Along with the main administration and customer service functions of the City, the Fremantle Library will be operating at Fremantle Oval until construction of the new civic and administration building in Kings Square is completed. We expect this to be late 2019.

What are the operating hours of the library at Fremantle Oval?

We will continue to offer customer service across a seven day per week operation: 

Monday - Thursday  9.00 am - 6.00 pm
Friday                       9.00 am - 5.00 pm
Saturday                   9.00 am - 1.00 pm
Sunday                     11.00 am - 3.00 pm

Will the library be open on WAFL game days and during other events?

Fremantle Oval hosts regular West Australian Football League games and also hosts festivals and events.  Library opening times may change from time to time to accommodate these events – keep an eye on our website and social media for more information.

How do I get to Fremantle Oval and where can I park?

The Library is within easy walking distance of parking and public transport, and there is paid public parking is available inside Fremantle Oval (carpark 10). If this is full, the nearest large carpark is 250m away at Parry Street (car park 1 – first hour free). 

At least one ACROD parking bay will be available inside the oval carpark


How do I access the library at Fremantle Oval?

Entry to the library is via the side automatic doors on the oval side of building (indicated by Main Entrance on the map below). Just look for the signs! 

Library at Fremantle Oval map


The library is fully accessible for people with disabilities, as is the rest of the building.

What facilities will be included at the temporary library?

The library will have a range of spaces available to customers including a dedicated children’s library, a small theatre for events and programmes, an outdoor courtyard, a quiet reading/study space and general customer seating. See the map for more details.

The Fremantle Justice of the Peace service will be accessible through the Fremantle Library while we are located at Fremantle Oval.

Will there be changes to the way the library operates?

Yes – but only good ones to improve the library experience for people.

These include the library collection being converted to RFID (radio frequency identification tagging) to enable self-serve loans and returns and a new returns chute to make returning books easier.

Increased loan limit of 20 items per library card.

A new online catalogue will also be available with the following great new features:

  • Easier access to the collection including e-books and e-audiobooks
  • Ability to manage your own online account including renewing and requesting items
  • Ability to join the library online.

Can I borrow and return from other venues?

Yes! In addition to the Fremantle Library, customers will be able to borrow and return items at the Meeting Place, Toy Library and Sampson Recreation Centre and return items at Fremantle Lesuire Centre.

Will the same range of reading and other materials be on offer?

The library will offer a similar range of materials at Fremantle Oval to the current library, and will continue to receive new books. We will increase our range of e-books and e-audio books while at Fremantle Oval.

What’s happening to the local history collection?

History Centre resources to support most popular enquiries will come over to Fremantle Oval. The remainder of the collection will be placed in storage to ensure its preservation and may be made available on request. 

Appointments will be available for those seeking dedicated assistance with local history enquiries.

What about events and learning programs?

Events and learning programs for adults and children will continue and will be expanded to be delivered through other City venues such as the Toy Library (Hilton) and the Meeting Place (South Fremantle).

Will I be able to access a computer at Fremantle Oval?

Yes – We’ll have 11 computers for customer use as well as free Wi-Fi for those who choose to bring their own devices.

Printing, scanning and photocopying services will all be available from the temporary location.

Can I still get my books and other resources delivered?

Yes - we will continue to provide delivery services to homebound individuals, hospitals and child care centres while in temporary premises.

Will there be a community noticeboard at the temporary library?

Yes – but due to a space restrictions the noticeboard will be smaller.

How do I find out more?

Any questions please contact the Library on 9432 9766 or email